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Summer 2004 




Reaching 
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BRYAN 

COLLEGE 

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Bryan College 

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Dayton, Tennessee 37321-7000 

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President 

Stephen D. Livesay 

Editor 

Tom Davis 






Director of Alumni Relations 
Terry Hill, 71 

Bryan College National Alumni 
Advisory Council President 

Steve Stewart, '85 

Committee on Elections 

Kari Ballentine, "91 
Sharron Padgett, '87 

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International Efforts 



In the past few weeks the United States and the world have witnessed the passing 
of one of the great statesmen of our time, President Ronald Reagan. So many Americans 
as well as world leaders gathered in Washington, D.C., to pay tribute to a man who 
brought back to the world conscience those immortal ideas of faith and freedom and 
destiny which so characterized our Puritan forefathers in 1630. President Reagan 
reminded us often what John Winthrop so prophetically proclaimed as he and our 
Puritan forefathers disembarked from that small ship, the Arbella, onto the Massachusetts 
shore, that this country would indeed be a city upon a hill, a city which would either 
attract others to its light because of the purity of her life and mission, or a city which 
would be the object of God's displeasure. Surely the eyes of the world are upon us 
today, and John Winthrop 's admonitions ring as clearly and true today as they did 
nearly 400 years ago. 

Bryan College likewise has been a beacon of hope for 74 years, a Christian liberal 
arts college set upon the beautiful hills of Dayton, reflecting the light of God's grace 
and truth throughout the world. In this issue of Bryan Life you will see how God is 
carrying His light through students and friends of Bryan to many parts of the world 
even as we establish numerous new opportunities for our students to study abroad 
and have their vision sharpened for ministering in a global context. This past year has 
been one of those benchmark years upon which we will look back to see the reflection 
of a Bryan College whose students shine forth the light of the gospel upon a darkened 
world. 

As we graduated 128 seniors on May 8, we concluded a year in which we entertained 
three accreditation visits. God gave us resounding victories for each of them, and in 
so doing called us to nurture a light which will shine brighter and farther than ever 
before: 

• Our wonderful decennial reaffirmation review by our regional accreditation body, 
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, opens the way for us to begin 
developing graduate programs. 

• Our review by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) enables 
all our students in our teacher licensure programs not only to receive their Tennessee 
license, but also their license to teach in any of the Christian schools associated 
with ACSI. 

• And for the first time in our history Bryan became one of only seven colleges in the state, 
public or private, to have an athletic training program approved by the Commission on 
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, enabling our graduates to be 
eligible for full athletic trainer licensure and certification. 

John Winthrop said that the eyes of the world would be upon us as a people — "if 
we deal falsely with our God, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the 
world, but if we love the Lord our God and one another and walk in His ways and 
keep his commandments, then the Lord our God will bless us in the land." Bryan 
College is positioned to shine forth a Kingdom light throughout this world which will 
give all glory and praise to our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

As President Reagan courageously called America back to her moral moorings and 
in so doing engendered God's blessing for our nation, even so Bryan College — in the 
midst of a Christian community which has seen her light dimmed by not clearly shining 
forth the truths of our Christian faith — needs to stand firm upon the Word of God, with 
an unfettered vision, and in so doing witness God's blessing upon His people. 




Stephen D. Livesay 



UNITED STATES 



Bryan: 

Reaching 
Global — 




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difference 



"Make a difference in today's world" is 
taking on a new meaning as Bryan 
College initiates two programs designed 
to make an impact internationally. 



A Central European Executive Lecture 
Series is under way, designed to help 
introduce free-market ideals to that formerly 
Marxist region, demonstrate Christian 
business concepts, and give Bryan students 
international business exposure. 

Meanwhile, finishing touches are being 
put on a new Bible class, Missions: 
Foundations and Applications, which will 
combine academic studies with cross-cultural 
field experience outside the continental 
United States. The class begins this fall. 



Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay 
said these initiatives encourage students to 
think globally about the vocation to which 
God has called them. "A significant part of 
fulfilling Bryan's mission of educating 
students to serve Jesus Christ and through 
that service to make a Kingdom difference 
is the opportunity that Bryan gives to our 
students to see that the gospel message is 
global. I believe it is essential for Bryan to 
provide and encourage opportunities for 
our students to understand other cultures 



"I'm interested in international business and finance, Masaryk university. He also met with 

.. ... . . . . representatives of Greater Europe 

and this will be a great help to have this experience Mission and with Chattanooga, Tenn., 

With Mr. HenSOn." - Matthew Ellis businessman Dave Nabors to develop 

a partnership to reach the Czech 



and to interact with those cultures in a variety of 
disciplines. The new opportunities in Central Europe 
and Micronesia involve our students both as teachers 
and as learners, broadening and deepening the 
understanding of their disciplines in ways not 
possible here at home, and at the same time giving 
them an expanded vision with hearts of love and 
service." 

Dennis Miller, Bryan's executive director of 
external relations and director of the Central 
European program, said the lecture series began 
this spring, with a business development center 
targeted for opening in the fall in the Czech and 
Slovak republics. 

"In April, I went to Central Europe to initiate 
the first phase of the program," he said. During that 
visit, Reid Henson, former vice chairman of the 
board of Coca-Cola Consolidated, lectured in 
Bratislava and Trnava, Slovakia, on case studies he 
had been involved with while he was with Coca- 
Cola and the Hanes Corp. 

Mr. Henson lectured at the Slovak University 
of Economics, Comenius University, and the 
Business School of Trnava. Later, Steve Sell, a Florida 
businessman and advisor to the Republican National 
Committee, visited Brno, Czech Republic, to 
establish a similar lecture series for Bryan with 




business community for Christ. 

"The few Christian business people in the Brno 
area have little access to outside help and 
encouragement," Mr. Miller said. "The lectures from 
successful Christian business leaders will be an 
encouragement to those who are trying to live out 
their faith in their businesses, and will be a challenge 
to university students to consider the implications 
of Christian ethics in a free enterprise system." 

While respected businessmen have the 
responsibility for presenting lectures and offering 
experience-based advice, Bryan students will make 
their own contributions. In addition to attending 
the lectures, they will interact with students and 
spend time with Christian organizations involved 
in outreach in Central Europe. 

"We are in discussions with the Jan Hus 
Foundation to include Bryan students in its efforts 
to bring about a better understanding between 
peoples in the region, with a goal of creating a more 
civil society," Mr. Miller said. "We also hope to 
arrange for Bryan students to spend time in major 
Christian organizations such as SEN, which reaches 
out to the Slovak intellectual community and runs 
a significant Christian book publishing operation." 

Matthew Ellis, who earned his business 
administration degree in May, is looking forward 
to traveling to Brataslava in the fall to gain some 
insights into business outside the United States. 



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"To be able to go over with Mr. » Just go j ng overseas helps students understand 

Henson, listen as he gives different . 

lectures, gives advice, going into tnat the U.S. IS JUSt a Small portion Of the WOrld, 

businesses and talking with business that you don't have to be an American to be a 



people, hearing the questions they will ^, . .. „ 
ask, this will be an incredible Un nsIian ■ 

opportunity," Matthew said. "I'm interested in 
international business and finance, and this will be 
a great help to have this experience with Mr. Henson, 
seeing the world outside of the United States." 

Matthew, who is to be joined by Jeremy Pellum, 
a rising senior, for the trip, said he is waiting until 
after the trip to seek permanent employment. "I 
couldn't be better prepared coming out of 
undergraduate school than I have been; I couldn't 
have gotten a better education anywhere else. But 
I know when I get a job I'm going to start learning 
all over again. I'm ready to get out there and go." 

This project has two benefits for Bryan, Mr. Miller 
pointed out. "One of the trends in higher education 
in the United States is providing international 
business education. These programs are in high 
demand and are very popular with students. Bryan 
College is not positioned at this time to offer an 
international business degree, but what we would 
like to do is to guarantee any business student who 
attends Bryan the opportunity for an international 
business experience. The way in which this is 
structured, our students will benefit and there will 
be minimal cost to the college, because the costs are 
being underwritten by interested donors." 

Bryan students will have the opportunity to 
spend a semester working with this project "if they 
can work out the academic scheduling details," or 



- Tim Shetter 

to spend a summer or short-term period working 
with organizations involved in the business 
development center. 

He said this fits nicely with Bryan's worldview 
emphasis, as this "demonstrates our potential to 
take our Christian worldview, apply it in an outreach 
fashion, and help people whose worldview was 
shaped by an atheistic Marxist culture see that real 
solutions in life are found in the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ." 

Matt Benson, Dean of Spiritual Formation, is 
spearheading the new missions course with a vision 
similar to that expressed by Mr. Miller. "We're on 
the cusp of actually dealing with worldview - that 
is, viewing the world," he said. "To this point, we've 
tended to focus on American pop culture and its 
influence in the U.S. and the Christian subculture. 
Now we're asking what are the more fundamental 
issues that move our hearts and our world. 

"In some ways, we are becoming global players, 
becoming educated about the world. When I came 
to Bryan (in 1997), I saw the mission statement and 
thought we could do that in America. But now we're 
seeing an application in the world." 

The new missions class is designed to take 
students out of the classroom, to "get their hands 







dirty," and to apply what they are learning in a 
missions context. "I want them to see how to their 
discipline can be used by God. We tend to be very 
'boxy' about missions. A student may think, 'I'm 
not going to be a pastor or a missionary' I want to 
take the blinders off. I want students to understand 
that anything you can do here, you can do 8,000 
miles away," Mr. Benson said. 

While making missionaries in the traditional 
sense is not the purpose of the new class, developing 
"Christians with a global perspective, who will live 
life in a global way" is. "For some, this is a way 
God will open their eyes to world missions. For 
others, it may be the way He changes their plans. 
But if they want to work for the next 50 years for 
IBM, but live in a global way, that's great." 

Students from nine majors - Bible, Christian 
education, computer science, education, English, 
exercise and health science /athletic training, music, 
biology, and psychology - will begin their semester 
this fall with a retreat to study missions in the Old 
and New Testaments, the history of missions, and 
to begin building a theology of missions. 
Throughout the semester, they will continue to meet 
as a group, but also will prepare for special projects 
for each major. 

In October, the 23 students, three professors 
and Mr. Benson will fly to the U.S. protectorate of 
Micronesia where they will work for two weeks in 
cooperation with Pacific Islands Bible College. 

Psychology majors, for example, will present 
seminars on counseling under supervision of a PIBS 
professor and work with individuals who desire to 
discuss personal issues. Computer science majors 
will offer technical and instructional help on Guam 
and Chuuk. Education majors will serve as teacher 
aides and tutor children. 

"Each group will work in areas to help further 
the mission of Pacific Islands Bible College," Mr. 
Benson said. "We want to help build an organization 
where we go, not just use the organization to learn 
about the culture. We want to help them grow as 
we grow." 



The host organization also will help evaluate 
the success of the program. "Part of the evaluation 
is up to PIBC to say, 'This is how you added value 
to our program.' We'll be evaluating our tasks, but 
I don't think we'll see the whole picture for five or 
more years, as people start living out what we have 
taught." 

The trip to Micronesia is the first step in what 
Mr. Benson hopes will be a regular program 
covering all majors and involving faculty and staff 
across the college. In the Spring of 2005, he hopes 
to have a similar program in Uganda or India, men 
"plant" students for the summer in various 
ministries in Central Europe. "Over the years, I 
would like to incorporate different faculty and staff 
so we as a college community become increasingly 
global- and mission-minded. This can help shape 
faculty and staff to mentor students, and professors 
will be able to model in the field what they teach 
in the classroom." 

Tim Shetter, a member of the Class of 1998 who 
went with Mr. Benson on the first Bryan-sponsored 
missions trip to India in 1999, is enthusiastic about 
the new program. That trip dramatically impacted 
him, he said. "It made me on fire for God. It turned 
my life around. It made me consider what am I 
doing while I'm at Bryan, or wherever, how do I 
impact people around me for God? 

"Just going overseas helps students understand 
that the U.S. is just a small portion of the world, 
that you don't have to be an American to be a 
Christian. It can lead to some of them becoming 
missionaries or just giving them a desire to further 
God's kingdom here. It's incredible." 

That type of impact is what Mr. Benson desires. 
"There is a study that shows when students study 
abroad for five weeks or more, they interact in a 
deeper way with their studies when they return 
home. They actually become teachers and influence 
the culture around them. I think it will be possible 
to come to Bryan and not leave the United States, 
but to be influenced by a missions culture." lilil 



BRY 



AN COLLE 




SAYLES, REKOSKE, SAUVE TO 

COACH VOLLEYBALL, MEN'S 

BASKETBALL, WOMEN'S SOCCER 

Three new coaches will assume duties at Bryan College next 
fall as the college has filled vacancies in the volleyball, men's 
basketball, and women's soccer programs, Athletic Director Dr. 
Sandy Zensen has announced. 

Leo Sayles, now youth pastor at Wildwood 
Baptist Church in East Moline, DL, will be the 
volleyball coach, succeeding Jerri Morgan; 
Donald Rekoske will coach men's basketball, 
succeeding Morris Michalski; and Mark Sauve, 
international tour director for the Charlotte Eagles 
Soccer Club, will coach women's soccer, 
succeeding Mark Neddo. 

Mr. Sayles has 15 years coaching experience 
at the high school and club level, and has a 
volleyball coaching record of 107-81. His teams have produced 
nine all-state, 18 all-conference, four NCAA Division I, two 
Division fl, and 17 Division ill players. He has a number of league 
and conference championships to his credit. In addition, he 
regularly serves as a coach and personal trainer for students 
preparing to play in NCAA Division II and ITI programs. 

He is a graduate of the University of La Verne in California, 
and has done graduate work in education and theology. In 
addition to volleyball, Mr. Sayles has coached 
track, soccer and basketball, and has received 
basketball and volleyball Coach of the Year honors. 
He and his wife, Tanya, have five children. 

Mr. Rekoske has served as head coach of the 
Crown College in Saint Bonifacius, Minn., for eight 
years, after coaching for four years at Pillsbury 
College in Owatoma, Minn. His teams have an 
overall record of 241 and 147 and have been to six 
National Christian College Athletic Association 
national tournaments. 

He is a graduate of Maranatha Baptist College in Wisconsin 
and earned his Master's degree in Athletic Administration from 
the United States Sports Academy. He and his wife, Elizabeth, 
have two children. 

Mr. Sauve served as assistant soccer coach at Toccoa Falls 
College following his graduation from the school in 19% with a 
egree in Christian education. He joined the Charlotte Eagles in 2000. 
Dr. Zensen said, "We are delighted to welcome these men 
) the Bryan family. They bring the kind of experience with young 
people that will help them build competitive teams and, more 
importantly, men and women of godly character." 



BASEBALL SEASON'S GAINS 
ENCOURAGE COACH 



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Brooks Walker, 9, congratulates Ben 
Wharton during the Lions' game at 
BellSouth Park in Chattanooga. 



The 2004 season may not have 
produced as many wins as Bryan's 
baseball team would have wanted, 
but Coach Joel Johnson said some 
important steps were taken this 
spring. 

"We were not as successful as we 
could have been, maybe not as 
successful as we should have been," 
the coach said. "But we won our first 
series, against Taylor, and all of our 
victories were against comparable 
teams, including one that was ranked 
in the top 25 during the season." 

Another first was a victory over 
Virginia Intermont in the conference 

tournament. "That was our first win in the conference tournament, 
and gained a lot of respect from teams and coaches. They saw that 
we can play well." 

A record of 8-45, however, shows room for improvement, and 
one of the first areas Coach Johnson is addressing is the number of 
players. "We didn't have enough depth," Coach Johnson explained. 
"Every time we had to make a change (in the field), it affected another 
part of the game. Players couldn't just concentrate on one position 
- they had to be ready to play more than one, and that hurts." 
Recruiting has been encouraging, leading him to believe that "we 
could easily have 30 players next year." 

From his perspective, there are a lot of positives for selling Bryan 
baseball to prospective students. "In an established program, when 
a freshman comes in, he often doesn't get to play until he's a junior. 
Here, a good player will get an opportunity to play right away," he 
said. "Our facilities are a plus; we have one of the top three fields in 
the conference. There's the academic success of the school, and the 
athletes can see that the school is supporting the program." 

Coach Johnson said Matt Day "had several incredible pitching 
performances. He pitched a nine-inning complete game against 
Taylor and won 7-1. In the game at BellSouth Park (the Chattanooga 
Class AA team's field), he pitched eight innings and had 1 6 strikeouts. 
He also praised Taylor Hasty for his 10-inning conference tournament 
victory over Virginia Intermont, 

"This fall, well be working on a lot of fundamentals like coverages, 
relays, techniques. We'll have the pitchers on a strict throwing 
program, and everybody working on weights and conditioning. In 
the spring, we'll be in shape and ready to go." 



Dr. Sandy Zensen received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas National Coach of the Year honors for the NCCAA 
Division 1. Dr. Zensen led the Lions to an 18-3 record, including a string of 15 consecutive wins during the season. His squad finished 
the season as the runner-up in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. He also was recognized as a National Coach of the Year in 1995, 
before the NCCAA's association with the NSCAA Dr. Zensen is pictured with his wife, Sharon, after receiving the award earlier this 
year. Recently, Dr. Zensen was elected vice president of the Appalachian Athletic Conference. 





back, look ahead 




One hundred twenty eight seniors received 
130 degrees during graduation ceremonies May 
10, capping a weekend of looking back and 
looking ahead. 

Honored guests for the service were 24 
members of the Class of 1954, celebrating their 
golden anniversary reunion. Class members 
came from as far away as California to be 
recognized during the graduation service on 
the Triangle lawn and to receive golden 
anniversary diplomas during a luncheon which 
followed. 

Still, the focus was on the newest alumni, 
beginning with the traditional Vespers service 
Friday evening. 

Anna Hanger reminded her classmates that 
"we are members of the largest incoming class 
to date. We are the last class to remember the 
trailers (which housed classes and offices during 
reconstruction following the Administration 
Building fire of 2000). We really value the Ad 
Building for the Smart Boards. We really value 
the new library." 

She pointed out mat members of the Class 
of 2004 are headed to graduate school, into 
medicine, education, missions, Christian service 
in the United States, business, social work. 
"Bryan College has done its best to prepare us 
to confront the world," she said. 

Ben Williams observed that "we have 
inherited a world of war, out of which we've 
been called, into which we are sent. As 
Christians, we are to love those around us in 
such as way as to set the captive free." 

Class sponsors Michael and Betty Palmer 
challenged the graduates to continue growing. 
"God is wanting to use you in your chosen 
vocation, but have this thought: He wants you 
to know Him," Mrs. Palmer said. Mr. Palmer 
added, "Cultivate a profound sense of ignorance. 
Be a student forever. Cultivate a strong sense of 
awe and wonder, of compassion, of God's 
presence. The world is a dangerous place, but 
an interesting place. We have been called to 
dance in a minefield." 

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay 
closed the service with the traditional ribbon- 
cutting ceremony, giving each graduate a piece 
of a red ribbon emblazoned with the Bryan logo. 
"Thank you each for the wonderful way you 



welcomed me to this college," he said. "I know 
this class will be heard from in years to come." 

During the graduation service, the college 
granted 62 Bachelor of Arts degrees and 68 
Bachelor of Science degrees, including one of 
each to Miguel Ayllon, in communication arts 
and business administration: management, and 
to Tim Opelt, in church music and mathematics: 
computer science. 

Miguel, from Lima, Peru, and Melinda 
Pangel, from Spartanburg, S.C., were presented 
the PA. Boyd Prizes for their positive influence 
on their fellow students. Kendra Laird of 
Northglenn, Colo., received the Most Progress 
award, and Toks Olowola of Ogori, Nigeria, 
received the Faithfulness and Loyalty award. 

Nathaniel Isler-Williams of Decatur, Ga., 
speaking on behalf of the traditional program 
graduates, told the crowd of family and friends 
that "Bryan is not about buildings or programs 
or scoring high on this test or that one. If s about 
training people to make a difference in today's 
world to honor and glorify God. 

"When all the years have closed around us 
and we look back over our lives, what will we 
see? Will we see ourselves as Bryan Lions who 
entered into today's world and lived as Christ 
taught? Paul encouraged us in Philippians 3 to 
keep striving for the goal of the upward call 
that is in Christ Jesus. We are admonished to 
know Him above all else. 1, too, encourage us 
to seek to know Him more and more every day, 
to listen and obey His voice." 

Speaking for the Aspire degree completion 
program graduates, Dan Fry of Dayton, Term., 
said, "I promise you that God has, according to 
Ephesians 2: i, good things prepared in advance 
for you to do during your life. Think about your 
resume, think about your career, but put His 
priorities first when you make your decisions." ill 



Twenty-four members of 

the Class of 1954 

returned for their golden 

anniversary reunion 

during commencement. 

They were recognized 

during the graduation 

ceremony, and received 

golden anniversary 

diplomas from Dr. 

Livesay at a luncheon 

following the service. 




Peru, and 
ianburg, 



Award, given to a senior man and 
woman 'whose principles and 
character have secured for them 
the highest degree cf influence over 



their fellow students.' 




Bryan 

Livesay, 

commemorative ribbon for Ben 

Williams at the conclusion of the 

Vespers service before 

graduation. 




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An Amazing 

Accomplishment: 

The Kendra Laird Story 



Kendra Laird burst into Bryan College's consciousness in 
October of 1996, when she was critically injured in a traffic 
accident near her home in Colorado. 

Her cousin, Brooke Shepherd Fox, '97, asked for prayer at 
Bryan for Kendra, who was in a coma in Denver. Many people 
in the Bryan family began praying for her. On May 8, 2004, 
many prayers were answered as she marched across the 
platform to receive her degree in Christian Education. 

The accident left Kendra with a brain injury that robbed 
her of the basic use of her right hand, and changed 
some of her career plans. "If I had had no wreck, I 
would have been thinking to graduate with a biology 
degree," Kendra said. "But the left side of my brain 
(the side injured), controls all the basics of science 
and math. Now 1 just cannot process that information 
correctly." 

She remained in a coma for about three months, 
and was hospitalized for about six months following 
the accident. She underwent numerous surgeries 
and many therapy sessions. 

"Because the Lord had gifted me educationally, I only 
needed four more credits to graduate from 
high school with my class of '98," she said. 
Her mother, Sheryl, helped Kendra complete 
graduation requirements, and turned her 
sights toward college. 

"I had been acquainted with Bryan before 
my accident," she said. "Bryan's Chorale and 
Chamber Singers came to Colorado on spring 
tour in 1996, and my mom and I housed four 
of the students including my cousin, Brooke. 
Going to Bryan became a deep desire of my heart at that time, 
since I knew that my cousin would graduate from this college." 

Acceptance at Bryan was a question, however. Because the 
accident had wiped out most of Kendra 's educational memory, 
she was not able to take the ACT exam Bryan requires. "But 
my GPA was very high before my accident because God really 
had gifted me. 1 graduated with a GI'A above 4.0 and that's 
why Bryan did accept me," Kendra said. 

She entered Bryan in the spring of 1999, accompanied by 
her mother who came to help her. "It was difficult getting back 
into the swing of school again, since I had finished high school 
by independent study." When Kendra began at Bryan, her 
mother was only able to stay a month before she had to return 
home because of her health. In June 1999, her mother passed 



away. 

Melody Benson, who became Kendra's educational 

coordinator, assisted Kendra through much of her college 
experience. "Kendra has to work ten times harder than anybody 
else, Mrs. Benson said." When it comes to reading and 
comprehension, her brain doesn't always click in. She's had to 
overcome spending many, many hours looking at material and 
getting it 'encoded,' as she says. For her, one of the hardest 
things was that she had to work so hard academically she has 
not been able to spend as much time socially as she wanted. 
"The thing I remember is that after her accident she was 
like an infant and had to learn to walk and talk again. For 
her to be walking across the stage for her college graduation, 
is pretty remarkable when you consider that 71/2 years 
ago she couldn't walk. She constantly has the attitude that 
God has given her this challenge and she wants to bring 
Him glory. She has persevered, has continued 
strong and faithful in her walk with the Lord. 
She very much wants to be used by the Lord." 

English professor Dr. Beth Impson said 
she has been impressed by Kendra. In her 
Introduction to Literature class, Dr. Impson 
said, "I was amazed with her ability to think 
through and come up with great insights. 
That comes from real solid work and 
perseverance." Since completing that class, Dr. Impson 
and Kendra's relationship has become more personal. 
She stated, "I have seen how, despite difficult times, she 
maintains a cheerful attitude. 

"She is so encouraging to me; I walk away from our 
conversations so convicted and blessed by her relationship 
to God. That comes out of her unshakeable faith." 

Kendra said the encouragement of the faculty and staff at 
Bryan has been very vital to her success. "They really related 
to me and maintained me under their wings. Bryan has taken 
the form of my mom. Bryan has been my safe haven in many 
of my struggles here at college," Kendra said. 

"I thank God my life has been different because it has been 
for His glory and not my own." With her Bryan degree in hand, 
Kendra feels called to be a speaker to share God's glory with 
others and "to share the love of God and the peace that can be 
found in His abundant love. Even though life is different with 
the use of my one hand, I am very grateful God chose me for 
my life's goal, to live every day for His glory." f*i 




Brvan Alumi have a 




for following the leading of the Holy Spirit. 



n an ongoing effort to invigorate your thinking 
from your alma mater, I offer you the word 
"propensity." Propensity is an innate tendency 
toward something. In this case I have stated in 
the title of this article that we as Bryan College alumni 
have a propensity to follow the leading of the Holy 
Spirit. 

I truly believe that this propensity began for most of 
us before we came to the Hill, but had its flame fanned 
again and again by the many Godly professors, 
administrators, and chapel speakers we encountered. 

There are not enough words to describe how grateful 
I am for the professors and administrators I experienced 
during my undergraduate studies as well as those 1 get 
to rub elbows with today. Bryan College is truly blessed. 
The current roster of administrators and professors is 
second to none among colleges and universities today. 

A few months ago I attended a Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes fund-raising event in Philadelphia where my 
daughter, Kimmie, '03, is on staff and was giving her 
testimony. She called me that afternoon and said the 
FCA executive who was to give the close and "the ask" 
for financial support was called away on an emergency. 
She then asked if I would take his place on the program. 
Of course I said yes — I mean, how many fathers get the 
chance to publicly beg for money to get his daughter 
off his own payroll? 

I have always had a propensity for athletics so I was 
copasetic with the idea. I really enjoyed speaking to the 
FCA crowd, combining my love for sports with my love 
for Christian ministry. 

Following the banquet, the eastern director of FCA 
asked if I had any interest in becoming the director of 
Greater Philadelphia FCA. I politely replied that I was 
very happy and excited about my ministry with Bryan 
College. He then asked me the question Christians ask 
when they know you are going to say no: "Will you 
pray about it?" 

1 shrugged it off until Kimmie and my wife also urged 
me to pray about the possibility. Well, the Holy Spirit 
has persistently placed FCA Philadelphia on my mind 
the past few months. Then I received communication 
from the FCA board that the new superintendent of 



schools for Philadelphia, who is a Christian, gave them 
a mandate that he wanted FCA in every high school 
and middle school in Philadelphia. I was astounded. In 
America today, Christian organizations are fighting to 
remain in public schools and now one of the largest 
public school systems in the nation wants a Christian 
organization to come in. 

That same evening, 1 was reading John Maxwell's 
book The Twenty-One Most Important Minutes in a Leader's 
Day. In just the second paragraph Maxwell said: 

"There are certain windows of opportunity when — if you 
don't take a risk and move forward — your effectiveness could 
come to a standstill. Or worse, you could permanently damage 
your ability to lead people. . .when you are able to discern a 
prime opportunity and take initiative to seize it at the right 
time, success is inevitable. " 

On Sunday afternoon I sat down to write my letter 
of resignation to my beloved Bryan College. I cried and 
was restless all night. The next morning as I was having 
my quiet time, Dianne came to sit down with me for 
our morning prayer time and saw tears in my eyes and 
then she started to weep also. We love Bryan so much 
and believe that the current administration is so headed 
in the right direction that we thought we would be here 
until we retired. 

Why on earth would we move up north where it is 
so cold, take a cut in salary, and only be guaranteed a 
salary for six months? Those of you who have made 
decisions like this know exactly why and how: Because 
God has told us to do it! 

Being part of the Bryan College administration has 
truly been one of the greatest joys of my life. Dr. Livesay 
has this ship moving steadily in the right direction. 
Please pray for Dr. Livesay and the board of trustees as 
they make decisions directed by the Holy Spirit. He, the 
administration, and the faculty, like you, have a definite 
propensity to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. May 
God continue to richly bless you as you obey Him and 
may God continue to bless Bryan College. "By our motto 
we firmly stand, Christ above all!" in 



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suitemate, PIPPA (MAXWELL) 

ASKER, '84, who was with them 
for two years. 





BETH (WILLIS) RIGGINS, 

'73x, was selected Teacher of the 
Year for 2004 at Paragon Mills 
Elementary School in Nashville, 
Term. She teaches third grade 
English language learners. 

BILLY GRAHAM, '75, is 
working toward his Level 5 
Boardmanship recognition by the 
Tennessee School Boards 
Association Billy, a member of the 
Rhea County Board of Education 
for four years, has completed work 
on the first four levels by spending 
hundreds of hours in classes and 
seminars. The requirements for 
Level 5 are such that not many 
board members reach that 
designation because of the effort 
required. Billy's wife, JANE 
(SCOTT), '72, is a teacher at Rhea 
County High School. 

MARTHA (WALKER), '75, 
MCCLARNON writes to let us 
know she is a grandmother six 
times over - all boys - with the 
birth of her newest grandchild. 
She Is completing her 30th year of 
teaching school and is dreaming 
of retirement. Her husband, Tom, 
has taught 38 years. Their son, 
Daniel, is a senior in high school. 
Martha asks her friends from the 
Class of 1975 to contact her at 
tlmac03@earthlink.net. 

DEBBIE (GAINER) WILLEY 
and DAN DECKER, both '76, ran 
the 2004 Country Music Marathon 
in Nashville, Tenn., as members 




Debbie Willeyand Dan Decker 

JAN (BUCKHANNON), '78, 
JASSO was selected the adult 
winner of the "Courage" character 
education award in the Rhea 
County Department of 
Education's character education 
program in April. Jan is a fourth- 
grade teacher at Graysville 
Elementary in Graysville, Tenn. 



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CHRISTIE (BRADLEY) 
MURPHEY, CHERYL 
(WILLIAMS) WATSON, and 
SANDY (HAMMARBURG) 
OSTMAN, all '83, enjoyed their 
own class reunion at homecoming 
2003. They were suitemates for 
three years at Bryan, in the same 
suite on the third floor of Arnold. 
They missed their fourth 




TOM, '84, and DAWN 
(SHRIVER), '85, GARDNER 
announce the birth of their third 
child, Luke Frederick, on March 
1. Luke weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz., and 
was 20 inches long. Luke was 
welcomed by sister AmberRose, 
10, and brother Benjamin, 3 1/2. 
Tom teaches science and coaches 
volleyball at Sale Creek High 
School, and Dawn home schools 
AmberRose as well as leaches art 
at Rhea County Academy. The 
Gardners live in Dayton, Tenn. 



of Team ASK (Athletes for Special 
Kids). Special Kids is a non-profit 
Christian organization providing 
outpatient nursing, rehabilitation, 
and social services for medically 
fragile children. The team raised 
more than $111,000 for their 
programs. 




AmberRose, Benjamin, and Luke 
Gardner. 

ERIC ALLEN, '85, has been 
promoted to vice president of the 
Healthcare Convention and 
Exhibitors Association by The 
Kellen Co., the second-largest 
prof essional association 
management firm in the United 
States. Eric has been with Kellen 
for 11 years. He also has been 
elected president and chairman of 
the Belgian Evangelical Mission 
USA board. Eric and his wife, 
Karen, live in Norcross, Ga., with 
their daughters Jessalyn, 7, and 
Kristen,4. 

VICKY (MOHLER), '86, and 
Michael DYE announce the birth 
of their second child, Ezra Michael 
Mohler Dye, on Feb. 25. Ezra 
weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz., and was 19 
inches long. He joins sister Fiona, 
2. Vicky is taking a break from 
teaching English as a second 
language at St. Louis Community 
College, and Michael is completing 
his Master's degree in theology at 



Covenant Seminary. 

KELLY (GIVEN), '87, and Scott 
CROUCH live in Rock Hill, S.C., 
where Scott manages an express 
car wash and lubricating business 
and is partner in a sign business. 
Kelly works part-time as a resident 
services coordinator for Carolina 
Village, a continuing care 
retirement community. She also 
directs the women's ministries at 
their church. Their sons are Phillip 
and Sammy. 




Scott and Kelly Crouch, Phillip and 
Sammy. 

Jon and ANNA (SMITH), '89, 
VICKERS moved to Knoxville, 
Term., from Raleigh, N.C., in 
February. Jon was laid off last May 
while they were expecting child 
number four. In September he 
found a job in Kentucky. They sold 
their house within nine days, but 
after a week and a half he was laid 
off again because the company lost 
a huge contract. Fortunately, the 
family had not moved, so they 
lived with friends in Raleigh. On 
Oct. 2, 2003, Bethany Hannah was 
born, weighing 8 lbs., and was 20 
in. long. She joins sisters Abby, 5, 
and Bekah, 2, and brother Josh, 3 
1 /2. Jon found the job in Knoxville 
just before Thanksgiving, and 
Anna and the kids stayed in 
Raleigh until February. They'd love 
to find out who else lives in their 
area. Her email address is 
anna.vickers@comcasl.net. 




Abby, Bekah, Josh, and Bethany 
Vickers. 



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MARK, '92, and NATALIE 
(CAWOOD), '97, CRUVER 

announce the birth of their 



daughter, Joalle Rachel, on April 
23. Joalle weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz., and 
was 20 inches long. She joins big 
brothers Seth, 5, and Andrew, 3. 

Daryland JEANN1E (JONES), 
'91, SMITH announce the birth of 
their son, Philip Colan, on Jan. 15. 
Philip weighed 6 lbs, 7 oz and was 
20 1/2 inches long. Jeannie is a 1st 
lieutenant in the Air Force 
stationed at Travis Air Force Base, 
Calif. 

RONA HALCOMB, '91, and 
Richard Kirby were married 
March 27, in Clinton, S.C. 

CHARLES, '98, and BROOKE 
(SHEPHERD), '97, FOX live in 
Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Charles 
is pastor of media and 
communications at Carolina Forest 
Community Church. During the 
past year, Charles and Brooke have 
become foster parents and are 
caring for three foster children, 
Damien, 4; Angel, 3; and Robyn, 
8 weeks. Charles also enjoys 
coaching his U-17 girls' club soccer 
team and Brooke absolutely loves 
being a stay-at-home mom. 




Charles and Brooke Fox, Damien, 
Angel, and Robyn. 

DAVID, '98, and ANGIE 
(SKERJANEQ/99, 
WILKINSON, with their sons 
Jonathan and Kobie, have returned 
to the United States from South 
Africa to represent Dream for 
Africa, an organization focused on 
preventing AIDS through 
churches and schools. David will 
seek to mobilize 1,500 Americans 
to serve with Dream for Africa in 
2004, and 5,000 to serve in 2005. 
David maybe contacted by phone 
at 770-886-1821 to speak about this 
new venture. 

CHRIS TRIOLO, '98, has 
achieved the National Board for 
Certified Teachers award, and was 
named Teacher of the Year in the 
Charlotte-Mecklenburg School 
District for 2004. Chris teaches 
high school science in Charlotte, 
N.C., and is pursuing a Master's 
degree at Winthrop University. 

CRYSTAL TURNER, '99, and 
Eric Iseldyke were married Feb. 



14, in Nashville, Term., where the 
couple lives. Eric works in sales 
for Bellsouth and Crystal is a 
freelance photographer and also 
works as an executive sales 
assistant at Jefferson Pilot 
Financial. 




Eric and Crystal Iseldyke 

BRYAN PRUDHOMME, '99, 
and his wife, April, received their 
Doctor of Medicine degrees from 
East Tennessee State University in 
Johnson City, Tenn, on May 1. 

MARINA CRUZ, '99, and 
Kevin Kress were married March 
29, 2003, in Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Members of the wedding party 
included MELODY (OWENS) 
SIMMONS, '98, and 
JONATHAN FICKLEY, '86. 
Marina and Kevin live in 
Chattanooga. 




Marina and Kevin Kress 




attendants included Bryan alumni 
STEPHANIE WISE, '00; TAMMY 
(DOEJARREN), '00, BALLARD; 
DARA BALLARD, '00; and 
ANITA SHAFER, '00x. Sheri is 
finishing her fourth year 
of teaching first and second grade 
at Marshall Area Christian School. 
Joshua is a lab technician at ADM 
in MarshalL The couple lives in 
Marshall, Minn. 




SHERI TTLLEMANS, '00, and 
Joshua Sternke were married July 
5, 2003, in Marshall, Minn Sheri's 



Joshua and Sheri Sternke 

IRIS (GRIFFIOEN), '00, and 
Erik MEULMAN announce the 
birth of their daughter, Anna, on 
April 8. 

KRISTI (SIMMONS), '01, and 
MASON HUDLOW, '04x, 
announce the birth of their son, 
Jonathan Thomas, on April 13. He 
weighed 8 lbs., 10, oz. 

ROBIN (WEDEKIND), '02, 
SARIGUMBA has been selected 
to serve on the Olympic 2004 
Sports Massage Team in Athens, 
Greece, for 10 days in August. 
There will be no compensation, so 
she would appreciate your prayers 
as she looks for financial support 
to fund this opportunity of a 
lifetime. 

ADRIAN DEWHURST, '02, 
and David Holt were married Dec. 
20, 2003. They live in CuUowhee, 
N.C, where Adrian teaches high 
school science. David is a former 
land surveyor who is studying to 
be a teacher. They live in an old 
farmhouse on David's family 
farm. 

KELLEY (WESOLOWSKI), 
'02x, and Jonathan KROEKER 
have settled in Cuiaba, Brazil, 
where they are serving with 
Wycliffe Bible Translators. Kelley 
has begun learning Portugese, and 
Jonathan is getting reacquainted 
with missionary families he had 
known while growing up there. 

BROOKE WILSON, '03, 
coached her girls' varsity 
basketball team at The Master's 
Academy in Oviedo, Fla., to repeat 
as the 2004 district champions this 
spring. Brooke also completed 
personal training certification with 



the Exercise Safety Association, 
and is focusing on developing 
sport-specific training programs 
for athletes who train at the YMCA 
in Oviedo. 

WHITNEY MCCHRISTIAN, 
'04x, and Jonathan Poitevint were 
married Oct. 11, 2003, and are 
living in Hendersonville, N.C. 
Whitney works as insurance 
coordinator in a dental office, and 
Jonathan joined the Navy in 
March. He will be stationed in 
Chicago until September, then they 
will move wherever he is assigned. 



With The Lorxi 

LOU ROUCH WOUGHTER, 
'97H, professor of botany and 
zoology from 1951-'62, died Dec. 
26, 2003. She is survived by her 
husband, Dr. GERALD 
WOUGHTER, '97H, of South 
Lyon, Mich. 

James E. Giesemann, 81, former 
chemistry professor, died April 1, 
in Sale Creek, Tenn. He is survived 
by two daughters, three sons, two 
brothers, a sister, and a grandchild. 



NRB Chief 
Convocation Speaker 




Dr. Frank Wright, president of (he 
National Religious Broadcasters, will deliver 
Bryan's convocation address as the academic 
year begins Aug. 25. 

The more than 1,500 members of NRB 
share a vision to proclaim die Gospel of Jesus 
Christ, to transform culture through sound 
biblical teaching, and to preserve religious 
liberty in the world of electronic media. 

Before joining NRB, Dr. Wright served 
as founding executive director of the Center 
for Christian Statesmanship, an outreach to 
members of Congress and their staff. He also 
was associated for nearly 20 years with Dr. 
D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Ministries. 

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livcsay 
said, "We are delighted that Dr. Wright will 
be our convocation speaker. He shares with 
Bryan College a vision for transforming our 
culture and our world by communicating the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ His insights into God's 
Word and today's world will be a challenging 
beginning for what I believe will be an exciting 
year at the college." 



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HOMECOMING 

OCTOBER 1 - 3, 2004 

Class Reunions during this year's Homecoming are: 

Class of 1954 and all preceding classes, classes of 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 

1989, 1994, and 1999. 

There will be a special twenty-fifth reunion banquet for the class of 1979. 

Griffith and Gray Reunion Concert 
Featuring "The Best of Love" and other special guests. 

Be looking for your registration packet to arrive in your mailbox soon. 




Received From 

Charles and Theda Thomas 
Charles and Theda Thomas 
Judith Allison 
William and Mary Swyter 
Lloyd and Sandra Matthes 
Wilma Harrow 
Jon Faulkner 

Sam and Anna Hemberger 
Larry and Martha Gray 
Rebecca Peck Hoyt 
Howard and Tickle Ragland 
Constance Boeddeker 
William and Mary Swyter 
Constance Boeddeker 
Constance Boeddeker 
Andrew and Nancy Boeddeker 
Constance Boeddeker 
Henry A Henegar 
Paul and Debra Jean Shirley 
Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan 
Andrew and Nancy Boeddeker 
Quentin and Norma Matthes 
Jack and Karin Traylor 
Jack and Karin Traylor 
Jane Ellen Hodges 
Charles and Theda Thomas 
Charles and Theda Thomas 
David and Kathleen Classen 
William and Mary Swyter 
J.E. and Carole Ragan 
Frank B. Cook 
Sue R.Harrison 
Edwin and Joanne Hollatz 
Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan 
Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan 
Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan 
Andrew and Nancy Boeddeker 



In Memory Of 

John R. Barham 

William R. Green, M.D. 

Jack H. Allison 

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Warwick 

Mr. Frank J. Schmickl 

Virginia Schmickl 

Frances Clapp 

Dr. Dwight W. Ryther 

Margaret Gray 



In Honor Of 



Lillian Peck 
Jessie Hambright 
Dr. Theodore Mercer 
Dr. Theodore Mercer Alice Mercer 

Malcolm Hester 
Steve Goehring 
Steve Goehring 
Linda Minter Peterson 
George Guille 
J. Robert and Lena Shirley 
Linda Minter Peterson 
Steve Parcell 

Herman and Alice Matthes 
Ada Hartzell 
Dolph Miller 
Galen Hoyt 
Ruth Fox 
Robert Klein 
Mary Hayes 
SueKeefer 
Sue Keef er 



KarlKeefer,Jr. 
Karl Keef er, Jr. 
Jess Cook 

David and Sigrid Luther 
Alice Mercer 
Constance M. Boeddeker 
Timothy M. Boeddeker 
Jackson H. Gintz 
Jack Newton 



The following gave in honor of Erwin Latimer. 

Jim and Judy Barth, David and Maddin McCallie, Bill and 

Joyce Hollin 

The following gave in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen D. 

Livesay: 

Owen and Annette Egeberg, Cal and Deborah White, Jack 
and Karin Traylor, Laura Kaufmann, Scott and Janice 
Pendergrass, Stefon and Alice Gray, Raymond and Margaret 
Legg, Jim and Judy Barth 

The following gave in memory of E. Walter Seera: 
Wanda Davey, Clyde and Diana Armstrong, First Bank of 
Tennessee at Dayton, Wayne and Phyllis Dixon, 
UnumProvident Portfolio Strategies group, Celia Dixon, Ralph 
and Ruth Green, Ron and Tracey Bridwell, Paul and Delana 
Bice, Ernest and Doris Walker, Miriam Levengood, William 
and Elsie Robinson, Jack and Karin Traylor, J. Sherman and 
Linda Barnett, Jack and Kathy Blair, Jane Ellen Hodges, Wilma 
Harrow, Raymond and Margaret Legg, Thomas and Mary 
Frances Carlson, Rebecca Peck Hoyt 



The following gave in memory of Catherine (Kitty) 
McDonald: 

Dayton Styling Center, Dru Smith Fuller, Winifred C Robinson, 
William and Elsie Robinson, White Realty and Service 
Corporation, Mrs. William McMahan, Jr., Mrs. Margaret F. 
Finley, Shumacker Witt Gaither & Whitaker, PC, Martha and 
R.C. Thatcher, Jr., Betsy and Lee Anderson, Mr. and Mrs. TO. 
Duff, Jr., Kenneth and Rachel Morgan, Jack and Karin Traylor, 
Mrs. David M. Groves and family, Frances M. Roberts, Helen 
M. Exum, Michael and Kim McClamroch, Edward and Betty 
Jo Morgan, Judith F. Stone, Ray and Kathy Griffin, James B. 
and Marcia Bramlet, Martha G. ChLsolm, Douglas and Sandra 
Warner, Mrs. Lawrence H. Lassiter, James and Christina Nixon, 
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Nevans 
The following gave in memory of Earl Peck, Sr.: 
Alice Mercer, Jim and Judy Barth, Celia Dixon, Jane Ellen 
Hodges, Rebecca Peck Hoyt 

The following gave in memory of Clyde Boeddecken 
Constance Boeddeker, Thomas and Elizabeth Sullivan, 
Andrew and Nancy Boeddeker 



e Wassons 








"This was a great 
opportunity for us 
to help Bryan and 
increase our own 
income at the 
same time." 






ne of Bryan's first students has 
discovered a way to give back to the college 
that can help him now and help strengthen 
Bryan for the future. 

Condon Wasson came to Bryan when it 
opened in the old Rhea Central High School 
building in 1930. "1 graduated from Spring 
City High School in 1929 and went to 
Tennessee Wesleyan one year. It cost $600, but 
my father couldn't afford to send me back, so 
I came home." 

That fall, he and his sister drove from their 
home in Rhea Springs, near Spring City, to 
Dayton to attend Bryan. "My sister, Ruth, and 
I signed notes to attend, and we were to repay 
them after we got jobs," he said. 

He stayed at Bryan only one year before 
transferring to Tennessee Technological 
University, where he majored in math and 
science. "I wanted to play basketball," he 
explained. "I think Dean Ryther was trying to 
start a team at Bryan, but we never got to play 
anyone." His math teacher that year was Dr. 
Rudd, who became Bryan's third president. 

"My one year at Bryan College got me 
started. Bryan made it possible for me to 
continue my college education— my sister's 
also," he said. 

After graduating, Mr. Wasson taught for 
a year before being named principal of Spring 
City High School in 1935. For the rest of his 
career he served as a principal. 

While Mr. Wasson was gaining experience 
as an administrator the young lady who 
became his wife was establishing her own 
career as an elementary school teacher. Mary 
Wasson also graduated from Tennessee Tech 
after having grown up in Spring City. "We 
never met," Mary explained. "We just grew 
up together." Condon added, "It was always 
Mary and Condon, Condon and Mary." Even 
so, they waited until 1941 to marry, and are 
looking forward to celebrating their 63 rd 
anniversary this November. 



Condon and Mary Wasson 

Mr. Wasson became principal of Rhea 
Central High School in 1939, serving until 1942 
when he entered the Army and served as a 
meteorologist until 1949. It was during his 
first service at Rhea Central that he began 
hiring Bryan graduates as teachers. 

He retired in 1972 after serving for 12 
years as principal at Dayton City School, "the 
best job I ever had." Mary retired as a junior 
high school teacher at Sale Creek School. 

"Since he's retired, he's gotten so many 
letters from former students saying 'thank 
you' and 'how much you meant to me. You 
got me started on the right road.'" 

Recently, the couple saw an advertisement 
about charitable gift annuities and thought 
they should check into that type of investment. 
"We were trying to get our house in order so 
our nieces and nephew won't have to handle 
anything when we are gone," Mary said. 
"We're trying to get things where we want 
them now, and we don't want them to have 
to worry about probate and all the costs 
associated with that." 

They pointed out that the income from 
the annuity they purchased from Bryan College 
is much higher than what they were receiving 
from their certificates of deposit. "We get a 
check each month - it's a big help," Condon 
said. "It's a good investment for anybody. I 
never have forgotten what Bryan College did 
for me. I have always wanted to do something 
for Bryan, and this was a great opportunity 
for us to help Bryan and increase our own 
income at the same time." 

And Mary added, "We knew what we 
wanted to do, and we have the pleasure of 
doing it while we're living." rii 

If you think a charitable gift annuity might 
be beneficial to you, please contact Jim Barth, 
director of development, at 423-775-7280 or by 
email: barthji@bryan.edu. He will be happy to 
discuss your needs and provide specific information. 



5ruan College Alumni 
Tour of Israel and Jordan 



October 10-24, 2004 

Hosted by Bryan College 
and Arbel Communications 

With Bryan College 
Bible Faculty and Staff 



Yes, this year in Jerusalem! From 
the shores of the Sea of Galilee to 
the winding, cobblestone streets of Jerusalem, explore the land of Abraham, David, and Jesus. Bryan 
College's alumni office wants you to come with them to see the Holy Land. This life-changing experience 
will help you increase your understanding of the Word of God . . . and draw you closer to the God of the 
Word. This exceptional tour is open to all alumni and friends of Bryan College. Alumni serving in the 
ministry should especially consider bringing members of their congregation with them. It will change 
your life and theirs. 




This all-inclusive tour includes all roundtrip airfare from 
Hartsfield International airport in Atlanta to Israel. You will 
stay in some of the best and most unique deluxe accommodations 
in Israel and Jordan. All meals will be included as well as tips, 
gratuities, entrance fees and visas. The price for this deluxe 
tour is S2,999** per person based on double occupancy. Space 

is limited so call or email 
today to reserve your 
place on this incredible 
tour. 



You will visit many of the most significant 

biblical sites as we open the Word of God 1 

right in the places where it was written. 

We will also reflect on the last days and passion of our Lord. 

You will also see the Bible come to life from the daily teachings 

from our guides and devotionals from Bryan faculty arid staff. 

On this tour you will also have the unique opportunity to see the 
rose-red city ofPetra, hidden for centuries and carved out of the 
side of the mountains of ancient Edom. 



lii 

BRYAN 



For more information or a registration form contact Arbel Communications at 
arbelcommunications@yahoo.com or call 423-517-8617. 

"(Price is correct as of time of printing but may change due to changes in airfare rates. In that case, you 
will be notified in advance of the change. A deposit of $500 must accompany the registration form, of which 
$250 is non-refundable. This price does not include items of a personal nature, single rooms, or airfare 
from your home to Atlanta's Hartsfield airport.) 



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